Today's Highway Traffic Impacts for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge

August 24, 2011 - Statewide Transportation - CHAFFEE, GUNNISON, LAKE, AND PITKIN COUNTIES — Stage Two of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge takes place today. The race will travel from Gunnison over Cottonwood Pass to Buena Vista, then over Independence Pass and will finish in Aspen.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) traveler information website ( lists today’s closures and motorists are encouraged to sign up for CDOT’s real-time email and text alerts, available at by clicking on the green cell phone icon. Times for delays and closures are estimates and may be subject to change. Additional and unforeseen delays of up to 30 minutes are possible on local roads.

Summary of Today’s Impacts:



Expected Closure/Delay Start Time


Re-Open Time

Cottonwood Pass

Cottonwood Pass closed. The dirt portion of the pass will remain closed until the race passes through. Pass entry from the east and west via County Road 306 will be permitted up to the closure.

Closure from State Highway 24 about 12 miles west of Buena Vista (Denny Creek Trailhead) on County Road 306.

Closure from State Highway 135 via Almont is directly east of Taylor Park Reservoir.

Aug. 23 at 3 p.m.

Aug. 24 at 1 p.m.

State Highway 82/ Independence Pass

Eastbound State Highway 82/Independence Pass closed between Aspen and US 24.

11 a.m.

4 p.m.


State Highway 82/ Independence Pass

Westbound State Highway 82/Independence Pass closed between US 24 and Aspen.

11 a.m.

2 p.m.

US 24

Expect delays up to 30 minutes for northbound and southbound US 24.

12:30 p.m.

2 p.m.

CDOT would like to remind spectators to abide by parking and camping guidelines ( If any area becomes overwhelmed with vehicles, including trailers, or the number of vehicles in an area is deemed excessive, CDOT and the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) may clear the area and require vehicles to move to another location.

Although road closures are in place for vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists will be allowed to pass through under the guidance of CSP, race officials, and race volunteers as long as they do not pose a safety threat to the race, the riders, or other spectators.